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General Information

Year
1977
Make
Datsun
Model
280Z Coupe
Color
Red with white racing stripe
Packages
Many upgrades/modifications
History
I bought the car in March of 1992 in Fort Worth, TX. At that point it was 15 years old and had just rolled over 100K miles. It was a "California Edition" which meant it had a catalytic converter. It had a white exterior, brown interior and gold chrome wheels. It was an almost rust-free car and, except for needing some minor brake refreshing, was a ready-to-drive original car. I drove the car as my work commuter from 1992 to 1997 when I replaced the springs, installed new shocks, put the MSA Aero II ground effects kit on it and had it painted the1997 Cadillac Eldorado pearl red with the white racing stripe. Soon after that I replaced the 14" wheels and tires with Centerline 16x7 wheels and 225/50-16 tires. I continued using it as my daily commuter until 2002 when the car went into the Johns Cars shop in Dallas to have an LS1, T-56 and 3.70:1 R200 LSD installed. I bought a 1983 280ZX to be my daily driver while the car was in the shop for 14 months. During that time, Johns Cars developed a components kit so that anyone could convert a Datsun S30 over to LS power. A few years later in 2004 it went into an upholstery shop for the full leather interior and the sound system. In 2005 I got the opportunity to run the car a Texas Motor Speedway along with 14 other cars for a "Driver Education Event". It was hosted by Panoz and enable me to have four 30 minutes sessions running as fast as I felt comfortable on the track. What a great time. Right after that I upgraded the braking system on the car. In 2006 we moved to Washington state and the car started spending several months a year in the garage out of the weather. I also added to my fleet of vehicles and it ended up being driven less. I have been able to get a little quarter mile track time along with a little autocross and a hillclimb event since coming to WA. A year ago I upgraded the suspension with components from Techno Toy Tuning and it is now getting the exterior lighting upgraded to all LED, except for HID headlights. The car continues to be a blast to drive and now has over 237,000 miles on it, 37,000 since the LS1 was installed.
1977 Datsun 280Z Coupe (Red with white racing stripe)

Modifications

Drivetrain
1998 Camaro Z28 LS1 aluminum block V8 making 325 HP and 326 lbft torque at the rear wheels.
1999 GM T-56 6-spd manual transmission with 6th gear a .50:1 overdrive allowing the car to cruise at 60 mph at 1,500 RPM.
1987 Nissan 300ZXT 3.70:1 LSD R200 differential
Interior
Original dash with MSA white faced gauge kit and upgraded dash lights.
Full Katzkin leather interior. Seats, A pillars, rear strut tower mounts, doors, side panels, sub woofer enclosure, and headliner aare all in black and red Katzkin leather with red contrasting stitching.
Floor has been dynamited and covered with high end charcoal gray/black with red flecks house carpet.
Spare tire area has been covered in black naugahyde
MSA console armrest/cup holder
MSA SCCA roll bar that has been coated in bed liner
Exterior
MSA flush mounted mirror kit
MSA Type 2 aerodynamic kit
Chrome grill
Tinted windows
Painted 1997 Cadillac Eldorado pearl red with a white racing stripe
Audio
500 Watt Alpine sound system with head unit and CD changer, tweeters in the A pillars, 6 1/2" 2-way speakers in the doors, 5 1/4" 2-way speakers in the stock locations behind the seats, a 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure in the drivers side wheel well area, and a 1000 microfarad capacitor.
Suspension
Techno toy Tuning springs and struts at all four corners.
Urethane bushings everywhere
Willwood 4-piston Superlite calipers on 12.2" rotors on the front
240SX calipers on 11.4" 300ZX rotors in the rear.
280ZX master cylinder
Wheel and Tire
Centerline Trident III 16x7 wheels with 225/50-16 Dunlop Direzza tires

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